Education

Samohi parents upset with pending cuts

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Board of Education can expect a sizable group of parents at its meeting tonight when it makes a final decision on whether to reduce one house at Santa Monica High School, a measure that has been met with opposition in the community. The meeting comes amid speculation that Wendy Wax Gellis, the principal of the A... Read more →

News

Jobless get a shot at closure

THE INTERNET — Tom Van Daele and his team at Santa Monica-based Unknownlab, a multimedia marketing outfit, have done something inspiring. His Web site, cardsofchange.com, has attracted just short of 100 business cards since its launch on April 15, and not one has come from someone with a job. The site encourages a creative and positive... Read more →

News

Role reversal?

EASTSIDE — While landlords often complain about City Hall being unresponsive to their concerns, it is a group of residents living at a city-owned mobile home park who say city officials are the ones who are turning a deaf ear. More than a dozen residents at Mountain View Mobile Home Park are refusing to allow inspectors into their... Read more →

News

Rubin makes like a tree and leaves Treesavers

DOWNTOWN — Nearly two years after co-founding the Santa Monica Treesavers to fight the destruction of the ficus trees along Second and Fourth streets, local peace activist and City Council gadfly Jerry Rubin has decided to step down from the organization. The former City Council candidate, who was arrested last year for chaining... Read more →

News

Concerns raised about Pico library plan

PICO BOULEVARD — As city officials search possible locations for a new branch library, one local organization is proposing an idea it believes would not only serve the literary needs of residents, but also their postal demands. The Pico Improvement Organization, which represents businesses from the west to the east ends of the... Read more →

News

Dog park issue raises concerns of gentrification

VENICE — The long-standing gentrification issue in a historically black and Latino neighborhood is now going to the dogs. That’s the problem that some residents near the Oakwood Recreation Center believe is underlying a growing conflict between dog owners who run their pups off leash at the local park and those who want to keep... Read more →

Crime

Downtown ginkgo trees vandalized

DOWNTOWN — A group of young ginkgo trees that were caught in the center of a controversial plan to replace the aging ficus trees have been reduced to a pile of leaves and branches after a man allegedly vandalized them early Monday morning. Santa Monica police have in custody 25-year-old Fernando Capeto from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who was... Read more →

Environment

To mine or not to mine?

Dear EarthTalk: Are plans to mine uranium near the Grand Canyon, as proposed by the Bush administration in 2008, still underway? — Denton Chase, Half Moon Bay, Calif. The Obama administration has been quick to overturn several anti-environmental moves ushered in during the 11th hour of George W. Bush’s presidency, but... Read more →

Education

Malibu High, Lincoln lose ‘distinguished’ title

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A number of students with disabilities were not correctly counted during last year’s round of standardized testing, forcing state education officials to withdraw Malibu High and Lincoln Middle schools’ designations as California Distinguished Schools. The highly-coveted designation is awarded to those schools... Read more →

Briefs

Survey says …

District officials are asking parents to fill out a short survey rating their children’s experiences with the visual and performing arts programs at area schools. The study is part of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s participation in the Los Angeles County Arts for All initiative, which seeks to provide every... Read more →